WOMEN’S BASKETBALL LOOKS TO STAY PERFECT
for 20 days since knocking off Western Washington in the final round of
the Disney Tip-Off Classic, Nov. 4, Coach Charity Elliott’s Women’s
Basketball team returns to the court this weekend at the Grand Canyon
Classic, in Phoenix, AZ...The Tritons (3-0), ranked 10th nationally,
will test Western New Mexico on Friday and Fort Lewis (CO) Saturday.
Three games into the campaign, the Tritons’ top three
scorers are seniors Meaghan Noud (13.3 ppg) and Alexis Gaskin (12.2
ppg) and junior Michelle Osier (9.7 ppg)...Osier has a best of 9.0
rebounds per contest and is tied with sophomore Erin Noonan for the
assist lead with nine...Elliott signed a pair of freshmen recruits—5-8
point guard Chelsea Carlisle of Oaks Christian H.S. in Westlake Village
& 6-1 forward Magdalena Usher out of Irvine’s University High
School—to National Letters of Intent last week.
McGREGOR, DUNN CROSS COUNTRY ALL-AMERICANS; WOMEN TAKE 11TH
together at the NCAA Division II Championships for the first time since
2003, the Men’s & Women’s Cross Country teams both delivered top 20
performances in Joplin, MO last Saturday.
Led by reliable seniors Emily McGregor
(31st/21:38.9), Diane Dunn (36th/21:47.3) and Amanda Burkhardt
(85th/22:37.4), the Triton women grabbed 11th place in the team
competition, up five spots from 2006...The top two collected
All-American recognition... McGregor, trailing Dunn early, made a
strong move in the second mile, while Dunn, after dropping back, made a
charge in the final 200 m. to capture the final All-American
position...Junior Ashleigh Montgomery (99th/22:57.6) and freshman
Jessie Bodenhamer (104th/23:05.4) rounded out the scoring for
UCSD...Freshman Briana Alban (144th) and sophomore Jordana Henderson
(155th) also represented the Tritons in the 189-runner field.
Meanwhile, the Triton men were 20th...First-year
Coach Nate Garcia’s top finisher was sophomore Jesse Morrill who capped
a notable post-season with a 96th place finish, covering the 10K course
in 32:52.7...In perhaps his best race of the year, Morrill went out
hard early and backed it up late to lead the Tritons...Junior Greg
Geldman, also closing out a solid final month with nice numbers, was
102nd in 32:58.5...UCSD’s other three scorers were juniors Jake LeVieux
(113th/33:05.9), Kevin Klein (119th/33:17.4) and Gabe LaMothe
(130th/33:43.3)...Sophomore Daniel Anderson, the Tritons’ top runner
for much of the year, and 2006 CCAA Freshman of the Year Max Mullender
were 153rd and 165th respectively.
WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL STUNNED IN REGIONAL SEMI
was very much a rollercoaster season for the Women’s Volleyball team
ended with a heartbreaking loss to Western Washington in the
semi-finals of the NCAA Division II Pacific Regional Friday night in
San Bernardino...The 21st-ranked Tritons concluded their season 20-8.
The crazy results for Coach Tom Black’s club in last
week’s two regional contests were symptomatic of its ’07 campaign...In
Thursday afternoon’s first round, the third-seeded Tritons had to stave
off elimination against an unexpectedly tenacious Northwest Nazarene,
3-2 (23-30, 30-25, 30-25, 26-30, 15-13)...With a 2-1 advantage and
momentum on its side, UCSD was up, 17-15, in game four but the
Crusaders scored three straight to grab the lead and UCSD was never
able to get it back...The Tritons righted things in game five as two
Casey Wilson kills gave them an early lead that they never
relinquished...NNU was able to knot the score at 10, but junior Rebecca
Bailey bombed three consecutive kills to put it out of reach...Bailey
piled up a career high 30 kills in the match (.275) to go with an ace
and eight digs...Sylvia Schmidt (20), Wilson (16) and Amber Ries (12)
also reached double figures in the kill column while senior setter Kim
Adams distributed a career best 76 assists...Five players, led by
Wilson with 21, had 17 or more digs and Schmidt accounted for three of
UCSD’s nine aces...The two teams hit an identical .245.
The semi-final looked like a walkover early as UCSD
won games one and two in workmanlike fashion...In game three, the
Tritons bounced back from a six-point deficit to trail by one at 20-19
but then the wheels started coming off...The Vikings accounted for 10
of the last 12 points, then went virtually wire-to-wire to win game
four, 30-26...It looked like UCSD was going to be able to again summon
some game five magic as Black’s spikers built leads of 5-2 and
11-8...This time, it was not to be, however, as Western roared back,
scoring four of its last seven points on UCSD hitting errors...Bailey
finished with 22 kills, Ries chipped in with 18 and Schmidt added 16
plus seven aces...Facchini had 26 digs leaving her school record career
total at 1,628...WWU went on to defeat top-seeded host Cal State San
Bernardino in the Regional final and advance to the NCAA Elite Eight.
Prior to the start of the Regional, Bailey and
Schmidt were named All-CCAA first team...Seniors Facchini and Ries
garnered second team honors...It marked the third consecutive year for
Bailey on the all-conference squad and a second award for
Facchini...Ries and Schmidt were first time selections.
FIFTH PLACE AT WWPA CHAMPIONSHIP FOR MEN’S POLO
year that seemed to consistently show glimpses of promise only to come
up just short on delivery ended on cue last weekend as the Men’s Water
Polo team placed fifth at the Western Water Polo Assn. (WWPA)
Championships in Colorado Springs...Coach Denny Harper’s club, ranked
14th going into the tournament, wound up 12-17 overall.
Harper’s squad, the defending champs but heavily
laden with underclassmen, was seeded fourth going into the WWPA
event...That made UCSD the unfortunate recipient of Air Force as a
first round opponent Friday, in the Falcon’s home pool—6,035-ft. above
sea level... Things got off to a rough start for the Tritons who
trailed, 8-4, at halftime...But UCSD rallied in the second half and
Steven Donohoe's six-on-five goal with 47 seconds remaining in
regulation made it a 10-10 game...The fates were not with the Tritons
on this afternoon though as Air Force returned the favor 25 seconds
later to advance to the semi-finals...Junior Chance Vermilyea and
sophomore Daniel Garcia scored three goals each and junor Jeff Hunt
tallied twice in the losing cause.
Garcia rifled home four goals the next day as the
Tritons routed UC Santa Cruz, 19-6, in consolation play...UCSD secured
fifth place with a 14-8 pounding of No. 20 Redlands Sunday...Tied, 3-3,
after one period, the Tritons exploded for five second quarter
goals...Up, 8-4, at the break, the blue and gold pushed its lead to
eight before cruising to the final buzzer...Garcia and Hunt were good
for three goals apiece with Vermilyea and Donohoe notching two.
Thursday, Garcia was selected to the All-WWPA first
team and fellow sophomore Donohoe was named to the second team...Goalie
Mark Stemler earned All-Freshman recognition.